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Sociology prof convicted for smearing fake blood on NRA lobbyist’s home

Professor ordered to stay away from domicile, pay $500 fine

A professor of sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was convicted of vandalizing the home of a National Rifle Association lobbyist this week, with the judge ordering her to pay $500 in fines and stay away from the home in question.

Patricia Hill, who is both a research assistant and a professor at UNL, was found guilty on Monday. of smearing fake blood on the steps of NRA lobbyist Chris Cox’s Alexandria, Virginia home, The Washington Post reports.

Judge Donald M. Haddock Jr.  “ordered [Hill] to pay a $500 fine, not contact the Cox family, and stay 500 feet away from their home,” the newspaper reports.

Hill “is also under a temporary restraining order that bars her from Cox’s wife’s business and from NRA offices in Virginia and Washington, D.C.” Additionally, directly after her conviction on Monday, “Hill was served with a warrant for an additional vandalism charge, stemming from a similar incident in October.”

Hill was convicted in part on video footage and in part on the testimony of a security guard that saw a woman smearing a “red, gel-like substance” on the steps of the Cox home. Chris Cox said his two children were home at the time of the vandalism incident.

Hill plans to appeal the incident, The Post reports.

Read the whole report here.

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